Direct-to-consumer fashion brand Laws of Motion has debuted "The Alpha," a dress that's available in 99 micro-sizes between 00 and 24. Other brands including Reformation and Universal Standard have also expanded their lines to include more sizes.
Mall owners are redeveloping properties to meet evolving shopper habits and preferences and find new uses for former department store anchor spaces. The nature of the changes vary from one mall to the next, depending on the demographics and market conditions, with some focusing more on entertainment and others opting for mixed-use redevelopments, industry experts say.
Two new bills backed by congressional Democrats would require retailers to accept cash payments in their stores. NRF says businesses should be able to choose what form of payment to accept, but the legislation is a "solution in search of a problem" because so few stores have gone cashless.
Bonobos is reporting early success from a try-before-you-buy test at three of its Boston-area guideshops, and the fashion brand is considering expanding the program to West Coast locations. About 65% of shoppers using the service are repeat customers, and those who use the try-on service are spending more than those who don't, a spokeswoman said.
Workout fashion brand Fabletics signed on last year as an exclusive partner for cheerleading competition host Varsity Spirit. Pop-ups at popular competitions have netted the brand more than 5,000 new members and $500,000 in revenue, the company said.
A growing number of online fashion retailers and brands are helping customers eliminate confusion when it comes to fit with reviews that include customer selfies. The pictures show customers wearing the garments and include information including the sizes and customer measurements.
French department store Printemps will expand internationally with new stores in Doha, Qatar, and Milan set to open in 2021. The company will roll out its own branded luxury e-commerce platform in 2020 and buy Made in Design, an online home goods retailer.
With nearly 50 million deliveries, online grocery service Peapod has mastered the use of personalised marketing and data. Co-founder Thomas Parkinson and Chief Marketing Officer Carrie Bienkowski will talk about marketing technology, why it's critical and why it's hard to do well at the NRF NXT conference in Las Vegas in July. Register now.
The public-private Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute has awarded two grants to projects researching methods of recycling electronic waste. One project will use leaching processes to recover materials, and the other project will use solvents to recover metals.
The /e/ Foundation will offer refurbished Galaxy phones with an installed program called /e/ OS that removes all Google services.
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